Connect to Instagram Data in Ruby

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Instagram ODBC Driver

The Instagram ODBC Driver is a powerful tool that allows you to connect with live data from Instagram, directly from any applications that support ODBC connectivity.

With the Instagram ODBC Driver accessing live Users, Relationships, Media, Tags, etc. is as easy as querying a database.



Connect to Instagram data in Ruby with ruby-dbi, dbd-odbc, and ruby-odbc.

The CData ODBC Driver for Instagram makes it easy to integrate connectivity to live Instagram data in Ruby. This article shows how to create a simple Ruby app that connects to Instagram data, executes a query, and displays the results.

Create an ODBC Connection to Instagram Data

If you have not already, first specify connection properties in an ODBC DSN (data source name). This is the last step of the driver installation. You can use the Microsoft ODBC Data Source Administrator to create and configure ODBC DSNs.

Instagram uses the OAuth 2 authentication standard. You will need to obtain the OAuthClientId, OAuthClientSecret, and CallbackURL by registering an app with Instagram. See the help documentation for a guide.

Installing Ruby and Necessary Gems

If you do not have Ruby installed, refer to the Ruby installation page. With Ruby installed, you will need to install the ruby-dbi, dbd-odbc, and ruby-odbc gems:

gem install dbi gem install dbd-odbc gem install ruby-odbc

Create a Ruby App with Connectivity to Instagram Data

Create a new Ruby file (for example: InstagramSelect.rb) and open it in a text editor. Copy the following code into your file:

#connect to the DSN require 'DBI' cnxn = DBI.connect('DBI:ODBC:CData Instagram Source','','') #execute a SELECT query and store the result set resultSet = cnxn.execute("SELECT Link, LikesCount FROM Media") #display the names of the columns resultSet.column_names.each do |name| print name, "\t" end puts #display the results while row = resultSet.fetch do (0..resultSet.column_names.size - 1).each do |n| print row[n], "\t" end puts end resultSet.finish #close the connection cnxn.disconnect if cnxn

With the file completed, you are ready to display your Instagram data with Ruby. To do so, simply run your file from the command line:

ruby InstagramSelect.rb Writing SQL-92 queries to Instagram allows you to quickly and easily incorporate Instagram data into your own Ruby applications. Download a free trial today!